30 Dec

Derby 1-3 Man United: Louis van Gaal’s men through to the fifth round of the FA Cup

first_img Derby County 1-3 Manchester United: Victory sees Louis van Gaal’s men through to the fifth round of the FA Cup 1 Manchester United booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 victory over Championship side Derby County. Goals from Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata put Louis van Gaal’s men on the road to victory, after George Thorne had equalised for the Rams in the first half. After a quiet start on talkSPORT’s live commentary match, the England and Red Devils captain – who had another child with wife Coleen this week – received the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box and he curled a delightful effort into the far corner past former Liverpool shot-stopper Scott Carson. The Rams posed dangers against United as Nick Blackman looked lively on the wing, but it was the former West Brom midfielder who proved to be the Thorne in the first half for Van Gaal’s men. The 23-year-old made a darting run into the box and he controlled a brilliant ball over the top before poking his effort past De Gea from close range. The half-time whistle came too soon for Paul Clement’s men as they were enjoying possession and having the better chances, winger Blackman pulling a shot just wide after coming inside from the wing. The overall quality showed in the final half hour, as Blind got on the end of Jesse Lingard’s low cross, finishing coolly with 25 minutes left on the clock. Just 18 minutes later United confirmed the win as Anthony Martial worked well on the wing before pulling the ball back to Mata, who finished well across goal from six yards. The victory was a tough battle, more than the scoreline suggests, and it hands Van Gaal a lifeline after increasing pressure on the boss at Old Trafford in recent weeks. But this was a win against an out-of-form Championship side, who gave a good account of themselves on the night, and a Premier League meeting with Stoke is up next for the Red Devils.last_img read more